D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch (Sept. 28th, 2019)

10 GAMES WK4 SOCIAL

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Happy Friday, everyone – hope you’re ready for a great weekend of New England Division III football!

Last week, I went a perfect 10-for-10 in picks – yes, I picked all 10 contests correct to bump my overall picks record to 16-14.

My hope is to continue this trend in week four – we have some intriguing match-ups to follow, so make sure to get out and enjoy one of these 10 games highlighted below because it sounds like Saturday is going to be a gorgeous day (weather-wise) in New England.


New England D-III Football | Games to Watch (Week Four)

Rankings for teams are from this week’s Noontime Sports Top 20 Poll.

Bridgewater State at Fitchburg State (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 12 p.m.): The Bears were competitive last week against Western Connecticut, but struggled to make the necessary plays down the stretch to squeak out what would have been an important conference win. Bridgewater must play a complete 60 minutes this week to take down a 1-2 Falcons squads. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State 23, Fitchburg State 16 

No. 15 Salve Regina at No. 17 Nichols College (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 1 p.m.): The Seahawks finally cracked the win column last week with an important win against Dean College. Look for Salve to deploy its rushing attack again this week against the Bison. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 27, Nichols 20 

No. 4 Western New England at No. 19 University of New England (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 1 p.m.): UNE quarterback Brian Peters believes his team has played well through three games, but said, “I think we have yet to play our best game.” Perhaps Saturday is the day the Nor’easters play their best game of the 2019 season. PREDICTION: UNE 20, Western New England 17 

No. 5 Trinity College at No. 13 Middlebury College (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 1 p.m.): Middlebury quarterback Will Jernigan feels more comfortable running the Panthers offense this season but knows the unit will be tested by a defense that allowed just seven points last week. Trinity rebounded from a six-point setback to Tufts University with an offensive showcase against Bowdoin College. PREDICTION: Middlebury 21, Trinity 18 

Bates College at No. 20 Wesleyan University (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 1 p.m.): As we learned this week on a brand new ‘Football Friday Podcast,’ it has been the senior leadership of the Cardinals, which has helped Wesleyan enjoy its first 2-0 start in five seasons. Look for the seniors to once again lead the Cardinals past the Bobcats on Saturday afternoon. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 28, Bates 10 

Curry College at No. 8 Coast Guard Academy (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 1:30 p.m.): The Bears defense recorded four interceptions last week against Norwich despite falling to the Cadets, 17-14. Look for the defense to jumpstart the Bears offense against Curry on Saturday. PREDICTION: Coast Guard 25, Curry 14 

No. 16 Plymouth State at No. 11 UMass Dartmouth (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 2 p.m.): The Corsairs relied on its air attack in the first two weeks before turning to its defense to help them beat Fitchburg State last week. Tony Slaughter and the UMass Dartmouth defense will be tasked with slowing down Plymouth State halfback David Hamilton on Saturday afternoon. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 28, Plymouth State 24 

Mass. Maritime at Westfield State (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 2 p.m.): The Buccaneers will look to improve to 3-0 on Saturday when they visit an Owls team that struggled to contain Framingham State’s offense and defense one week ago. PREDICTION: Mass. Maritime 30, Westfield State 14 

No. 7 Norwich University at Castleton University (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 3 p.m.): After capturing the ‘Mug’ last week against Coast Guard Academy, the Cadets look to win the ‘Battle for the Maple Sap Bucket’ against the Spartans. PREDICTION: Norwich 28, Castleton 14 

No. 1 WPI at No. 9 Springfield College (Saturday, Sept. 28th at 3 p.m.): The Engineers enter Saturday’s conference clash with a great deal of momentum, but certainly know the Pride’s offense will challenge the WPI defense. In the end, look for this game to be decided by a touchdown or maybe a field goal. PREDICTION: WPI 20, Springfield 14

D3 Football: Team Of The Week (Sept. 24th, 2019)

D3 TEAM OF WEEK

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

With the third week of the 2019 New England Division III football season in the books, it is now to unveil our Zelos Athletics Team of the Week.

Similar to our ‘Players of the Week’  Zelos Athletics is also powering our teams of the week for the entire football season.


Offensive Team of the Week 

Alex Cohen (Anna Maria College): Against Nichols College, Cohen completed 21 of 43 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns.

Will Daniels (Western Connecticut): Daniels led all receivers with eight receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns.

Tyler Halls (Husson University): Halls led the Eagles’ receiving core with seven receptions for 114 yards (16.3 yards) and one touchdown.

David Hamilton (Plymouth State): Hamilton rushed for 142 yards on 17 carries (8.4 yards) and one touchdown in the Panthers’ 34-9 win over Worcester State.

David James (Western Connecticut): James completed 18 of 23 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns while leading the Colonials with 46 rushing yards on nine carries and one touchdown.

Will Jernigan (Middlebury College): Jernigan accounted for 306 total yards of offense, including 292 passing yards and three touchdowns in his team’s 28-0 win over Bates College.

Seamus Lambert (Trinity College): Against Bowdoin College, Lambert completed 13 of 18 passes for 391 yards and five touchdowns.

Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina University): Mauriello led the Seahawks’ rushing attack with 207 yards on 22 carries (9.4 yards) and five touchdowns in Salve Regina’s first win of the season against Dean College.

Sean McAllen (WPI): Against Husson University, McAllen rushed for 84 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns.

Bobby Maimaron (Williams College): The third-year signal-caller registered 391 yards of total offense against Tufts University, including 102 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown. Maimaron completed 20 of 38 passes for 289 yards and four touchdowns.

Brian Peters (University of New England): Peters completed 16 of 25 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns. He also added eight yards on five carries.

Nick Santavicca (Bridgewater State): Santavicca led all rushers last Saturday with 200 yards on 31 carries and three touchdowns against Western Connecticut.

Ashton Scott (Wesleyan University): Scott completed 10 of 16 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns against Hamilton College. He also rushed for a team-high 82 yards on 21 carries.

Frank Stola (Williams College): Stola led all receivers with 13 receptions for 233 yards and four touchdowns against Tufts University.

DeVante Reid (Trinity College): Reid led the Bantams’ receiving core with six receptions for 246 yards and four touchdowns.

Terrell Watts (Dean College): Against Salve Regina, Watts completed 27 of 44 passes for 293 yards and four touchdowns.

Adam Wojenski (Framingham State): Against Westfield State, Wojenski completed 19 of 28 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 57 yards on six carries 9.5 yards) and one touchdown.

Devin Wollner (Castleton University): Wollner rushed for a game-high 141 yards on 20 carries (7.0 yards) and one touchdown against the Nor’Easters of University of New England.


Defensive Team of the Week 

Richard Austin (Fitchburg State): Austin led the Fitchburg State defense with 11 total tackles, including nine solo stops, four tackles for a loss of 16 yards, one sack for a loss of three yards, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.

Eugene Bizer (Coast Guard Academy): Bizer led the Coast Guard Academy defense with 13 total tackles, including five solo stops and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards against Norwich University. He also recorded an interception for 16-yards.

Joe Cox (Nichols College): Cox led the Bison defense with nine solo (and total) tackles, including three tackles for a loss of nine yards and one forced fumble.

Brian Donahue (Framingham State): In his team’s first win of the 2019 season, Donahue led the Rams defense with seven total tackles, including six solo stops, one sack for a loss of nine yards and one forced fumble.

Chris Gemayel (Bridgewater State): Against Western Connecticut, Gemayel recorded 11 total tackles, including six solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of five yards and one forced fumble.

Joe Kelly (Amherst College): Kelly was a player to watch last Saturday against Colby College. He tallied five total tackles (all solo stops), including three tackles for a loss of 20 yards, one sack for a loss of 10 yards, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and two pass break-ups.

Kevin O’Brien (Endicott College): O’Brien led the Gulls defense with a career-high 13 total tackles (nine assists and four solo stops) against Wesley College.

Joshua Salem (Western New England): Salem paced the Golden Bears’ defense with 14 total tackles, including nine solo stops and one tackle for a loss for one yard against Stetson last Saturday evening in Florida.

Tony Slaughter (UMass Dartmouth): Against Fitchburg State, Slaughter led the Corsairs with eight total tackles, including seven solo stops, four tackles for a loss of six yards, two quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one pass break-up.

Swavaughn Smalls (Anna Maria College): Smalls stuffed the stat sheet against Nichols College with 11 total tackles, including four solo stops, two tackles for a loss of six yards and one-and-a-half sacks for a loss of five yards.

AJ Smith (Springfield College): Smith registered 11 total tackles, including five solo stops, four tackles for a loss of 14 yards and one pass break-up against Union College.

Jared Zieman (Becker College): Against MIT, Zieman led the Hawks with 13 total tackles, including nine solo stops and two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of seven yards.


Special Teams of the Week

Jordan D’Onofrio (Western Connecticut): D’Onofrio converted six extra points while recording three punts for 111 yards with one kick landing inside the Bridgewater State 20-yard line.

Sam Han (Wesleyan University): Han punted the ball six times last Saturday against Hamilton College for 257 yards. Three kicks resulted in touchbacks, while the other three landed inside the Hamilton 20-yard line.

George Lampros (Mass. Maritime): Lampros converted six extra points last Saturday against Maine Maritime Academy while tallying three punts for 129 yards with one kick resulting in a touchback.

Melchior Lynch (Fitchburg State): Against UMass Dartmouth, Lynch recorded seven points on three kicks – two field goals and one extra point – while recording four kickoffs for 221 yards.

Andrew Schreibstein (Williams College): Schreibstein tallied 14 points last Saturday against Tufts University with five extra points and three field goals. He punted the ball four times for 167 yards with two kicks landing inside the Jumbos’ 20-yard line. He also had three touchbacks on three kickoffs.

Bryce Wade (WPI): Wade connected five kicks last Saturday against Husson University, including a 21-yard field goal. Wade concluded the game with seven points (four extra points and one field goal).

D3 Football: Team Of The Week (Sept. 10, 2019)

D3 TEAM OF WEEK

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Before we officially turn our attention (and the page) to week two, let’s unveil our first New England Divison III Football Team of the Week, which is powered by our friends from Zelos Athletics.

Our Noontime Sports teams of the week will appear every Tuesday throughout the 2019 season.

As always, make sure to follow our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB today! 


Offensive Players of the Week | Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Alec Coleman (Western New England): Against Springfield College, Coleman completed 28 of 36 passes for 305 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for 46 yards on 12 carries for one score.

Connor Field (WPI): Field rushed for 117 yards on 13 carries for two touchdowns in his team’s season-opening win over Worcester State.

Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): Against Alfred State, Gacioch completed 19 of 28 passes for 338 yards and six touchdowns. He also rushed for 14 yards, too.

David Hamilton (Plymouth State): Hamilton capped a 10-play, 51-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown with 6:46 remaining in the fourth quarter which helped Plymouth State edge Castleton University. The PSU halfback concluded the contest with 146 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns.

Joe Kalosky (Endicott College): Kalosky completed 21 of 28 passes for 374 yards while tossing five touchdowns in his team’s season-opening win against Framingham State.

Joey Mauriello (Salve Regina): Mauriello led the Seahawks’ rushing attack with 140 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown.

Randy Morgan (Becker College): Morgan led the Hawks rushing attack with 133 yards on 29 carries while scoring two touchdowns in his team’s season-opening win over Anna Maria College.

Justin McEwen (Endicott College): McEwen hauled in five receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns against Framingham State.

Michael Pina (Nichols College): Against Dean College, Pina completed 20 of 33 passes for 242 yards while tossing four touchdowns in an opening day win for the Bison.

Manni Romero (Norwich University): Romero led the Cadets’ receiving core with six catches for 170 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 1:46 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Jake Wood (Nichols College): Wood hauled in six catches for 111 yards and three touchdowns in Nichols’ season-opening win over Dean.


Defensive Players of the Week | Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Tyshawn Anderson (Anna Maria College): Anderson led the AMCATs’ defense with 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops in his team’s season-opener against Becker College.

Spencer Baron (Maine Maritime Academy): Against SUNY Maritime, Baron tallied 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops, one pass break-up, one fumble recovery, and a half a tackle for a loss for two yards.

Bailey Devine-Scott (Western New England): Against Springfield College, Devine-Scott posted 12 total tackles, including nine solo stops, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and four pass break-ups.

Alijah Ellis (Westfield State): Ellis led all defenders last Saturday with 14 total tackles, including nine solo stops in the Owls’ season-opener against Union College.

Jordan Fletcher (Western Connecticut): In his team’s season-opener against William Patterson, Fletcher led the Colonials defense with 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops and two-and-a-half sacks for a loss of 19 yards.

Matt Messner (Salve Regina): In his team’s season-opener against Norwich University, Messner registered 12 total tackles, including six solo stops, two-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards and one sack for four yards.

Joshua Onujiogu (Framingham State): Onujiogu led the Rams’ defense with 12 total tackles, including nine assists and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of four yards.

Steven Silvia (Bridgewater State): Silvia led the Bears’ defense with eight total tackles against Morrisville State, including five solo stops, two tackles for a loss of seven yards and one sack for five yards.

Tony Slaughter (UMass Dartmouth): Slaughter led the Corsairs’ defense against Alfred State with seven total tackles, including four solo stops, three tackles for a loss of 12 yards and one pass break-up.

Adam Zimmerman (MIT): Zimmerman led the Engineers’ defense with 12 total tackles, including a pair of solo stops against Carnegie Mellon.


Special Team Players of the Week | Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): Against Framingham State last Friday, DiCairano recorded 13 points on seven extra points and two field goals. DiCairano’s longest field goal was a 47-yard boot.

Kieran Lombard (Western New England): Lombard recorded 15 points on seven kicks last Saturday against Springfield College, including four field goals.


As always, make sure to follow our New England football coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_FB today! 

The Early Preseason Outlook: Plymouth State Panthers

PLYMOUTH STATE PANTHERS

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage rolls on with a closer look at Plymouth State, which begins its season on Saturday, September 7th when they visit Castleton University for a 12 p.m. kickoff.

The Panthers’ 2018 Season: One year after posting a 9-2 record, the Panthers finished with a 6-4 mark, which included a thrilling 29-28 win over Framingham State, along with a hard-fought 10-7 win against Westfield State.

The Panthers did not compete in the NCAA Tournament last fall but certainly proved their nine-win season from 2017 wasn’t a fluke – this team is certainly capable of competing for the top spot in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) every season.

Plymouth State had 15 seniors on last year’s squad that will certainly be missed this season – these student-athletes were a big reason why the Green and White won 9 of 11 contests in 2017, so look for the rising seniors and juniors to lead the Panthers this upcoming season.

The 2019 Outlook: Plymouth State will be without some key members of last year’s team, as well as the 2017 squad, especially on defense. Graduation losses to Grant McGregorMitch BanuskevichBrady LaFrance and Malcolm Huesman won’t be easy to replace however, the Panthers do return defensive back Matt Shea, who led the defense with 77.0 total tackles.

Defensive back David Salazar will also be a player to watch in the secondary, too. The rising sophomore averaged 5.3 total tackles per contest one year ago, while also recording 2.5 tackles for a loss of 10 yards.

Plymouth State graduated a slew of linebackers, but do return Elijah Bussell and Eric Smith. The duo combined for 53.0 total tackles last season.

On offense, the Panthers must find their replacement for quarterback Zack Edwards, a dual-threat signal-caller that concluded the 2018 season with 15 touchdowns (14 passing touchdowns).

David Hamilton returns for his final season at halfback after rushing for career-highs in yards (911) and touchdowns (eight) one year ago.

Wide receiver Jacob Szulc returns for his third season after leading the team with 26 receptions for 493 yards and seven touchdowns.

Plymouth State will also return a slew of offensive linemen, including Nick Cusano, who competed in all 10 contests one year ago, and Matt Palma, who appeared in nine games.

Plymouth State’s Schedule: We will learn more about this Plymouth State squad by the end of September – the opening month features a pair of non-conference foes, along with back-to-back conference clashes with Worcester State in week three and UMass Dartmouth in week four. Plymouth State beat the Lancers last fall but lost to the Corsairs. Can they win both conference games this season?

The Panthers will travel to Westfield State for an important conference meeting in week six before entertaining Framingham State in week seven for their Hall of Fame Game.

Weeks after their meeting with the Rams, the Panthers travel to Bridgewater State before capping their 2019 campaign with a trip to Western Connecticut on Saturday, November 16.

Players to Watch: David Hamilton (Halfback/ West Deptford, N.J.), Jacob Szulc (Wide Receiver/Concord, N.H.), Terrell Lewis (Wide Receiver/Nashua, N.H.), Jeremy Martin (Kicker/Charlton, Mass.), Nick Cusano (Offensive Line/Wethersfield, Conn.), Matt Palma (Offensive Line/Cheshire, Conn.), Matt Shea (Defensive Back/Windham, N.H.), and David Salazar (Defensive Back/West Newton, Mass.).


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D3 Football Fan Vote: Plymouth State Tabbed Team of The Week

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

After earning a hard-fought victory on the road last Saturday, the Plymouth State University football team scored an additional win two days later as our Noontime Sports New England D3 Football Team of the Week.

The New England D3 Football Team of the Week is decided by a Twitter poll, which was (and will continue to be) seen throughout the remainder of the season on Sunday and Monday’s through @NoontimeSports.

The Panthers secured a first-place nod in this week’s poll by collecting 57 percent of the votes, while Nichols College placed second with 26 percent. Middlebury College and Coast Guard Academy rounded out the the poll, finishing third (10 percent) and fourth (seven percent), respectively.

Against Framingham State, the Panthers used a late touchdown drive to push ahead, 29-28, before clinching the victory with a fourth down stop on the ensuing possession.

The win was the Panthers’ second-straight regular season victory against the Rams – they defeated Framingham State last season en route to sharing the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown. The win provided the Green and White an opportunity to compete in last year’s NCAA Division III Tournament, too.

Quarterback Zack Edwards concluded this past Saturday’s contest with two touchdowns, including the go-ahead strike to Max Osgood late in the fourth quarter. Halfback David Hamilton rushed for 130 yards on 30 carries (4.3 yards per carry) and one touchdown, while Jacob Szulc caught four passes for 149 yards and one touchdown.

Matt Shea highlighted the Panthers’ defense with a team-high eight total tackles, including six solo stops and one tackle for a loss of three yards. Elijah Bussell ended the game with five total tackles, including four solo stops and one fumble recovery.

Kicker Jeremy Martin tallied nine points in the win on three extra points and two field goals. His longest field goal was a 35-yard boot with 30 second remaining in the second quarter, which provided the Panthers with a 10-7 advantage at the break.

Plymouth State, which is now 3-3 overall and 2-3 in conference play, will look to continue its momentum on Saturday, October 20th when they host Massachusetts Maritime Academy at 1 p.m.